Christmas 2008 Movies

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The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

Timeline is from the end of World War I in 1918 into the 21st century and is set in New Orleans.  Story follows the life of Benjamin (Brad Pitt), who is born with the appearance and physical limitations of a man in his eighties. Abandoned in a nursing home by his father, Benjamin begins aging backward. While in the home, he meets Daisy (Cate Blanchett), a young aspiring ballerina. As the film progresses, the two fall in love, while struggling to deal with the issue of one growing younger while the other grows older.

The film is loosely based and beyond the premise has very little resemblance to the story written by F.Scott Fitzgerald by the same name.  The film has some resemblances with Andrew Sean Greer’s novel The Confessions of Max Tivoli.  The film is written by Eric Roth, directed by David Fincher.

Full text of the original story by F. Scott Fitzgerald online at The University of Virginia

bedtime-stories2Bedtime Stories

Skeeter Bronson (Adam Sandler), is a hotel handyman whose life is changed forever when the bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to mysteriously come true.

He attempts to take advantage of the phenomenon, incorporating his own aspirations into one outlandish tale after another, but it’s the kids’ unexpected contributions that turn Skeeter’s life upside down, such as when his niece says that he will die.

Directed by Adam Shankman

Starring Adam Sandler, Keri Russell, Guy Pearce, Russell Brand, Richard Griffiths, Aisha Tyler, Jonathan Pryce

doubtDoubt

It’s 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A vibrant, charismatic priest, Father Flynn, is trying to upend the school’s strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear and discipline. The winds of political change are sweeping through the country, and, indeed, the school has just accepted its first black student, Donald Miller. But, when Sister James, a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, Sister Aloysius is galvanized to begin a crusade to both unearth the truth and expunge Flynn from the school. Now, without a shred of proof or evidence except her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn, a battle that threatens to tear apart the Church and school with devastating consequences. Rated PG-13 for thematic material.

the-spiritThe Spirit

Adapted from the legendary comic strip, “The Spirit” is a classic action-adventure-romance told by genre-twister Frank Miller. It is the story of a former rookie cop who returns mysteriously from the dead as the Spirit to fight crime from the shadows of Central City. His arch-enemy, the Octopus has a different mission: he’s going to wipe out Spirit’s beloved city as he pursues his own version of immortality. The Spirit tracks this cold-hearted killer from Central City’s rundown warehouses, to the damp catacombs, to the windswept waterfront–all the while facing a bevy of beautiful women, who either want to seduce, love or kill our masked crusader. Surrounding him at every turn are Ellen Dolan, the whip-smart girl-next-door; Silken Floss, a punk secretary and frigid vixen; Plaster of Paris, a murderous French nightclub dancer; Lorelei, a phantom siren; and Morgenstern, a sexy young cop. Then of course, there’s Sand Sarerf, the jewel thief with dangerous curves. She’s the love of his life turned bad. Will he save her or will she kill him?

valkyrieValkyrie

A 2008 historical thriller film directed by Bryan Singer and starring Tom Cruise. The film depicts an account on the July 20, 1944 plot of German army officers to assassinate Adolf Hitler and marks the re-teaming of Singer and producer/screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie. Cruise portrays the leader of the plot, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg.

During World War II, German Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg (Cruise) is severely wounded in Africa and returns home to Nazi Germany. Stauffenberg helps conceive Operation Valkyrie, a plan approved by Adolf Hitler which, in order to manage turmoil within Germany, would implement a shadow government in the event of the Nazi Führer’s death.  The Colonel eventually joins the German Resistance and becomes part of the July 20 plot, a conspiracy to assassinate Hitler and execute Valkyrie in order to take control of the country and make peace with the Allies. Stauffenberg finds himself taking on not only the responsibility of leading the coup, but also the task to assassinate Hitler himself.

marley-and-meMarley & Me

A 2008 American comedy film directed by David Frankel. The screenplay by Scott Frank and Don Roos is based on the memoir of the same title by John Grogan.

John Grogan, a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, moves to Miami with his wife Jenny for a newspaper job. The couple adopts Marley, a yellow labrador retriever, in order to give them a taste of parenthood, but the dog proves to be a hyperactive handful. Although he wreaks havoc on the household, gets expelled from obedience school, and becomes even more rambunctious when the children begin to arrive, he ultimately is considered an indispensable part of the family.

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